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04-26-11, 06:44 AM #1
Outrage around homeless mom charged for sending son to better school
Education activists are rallying around a homeless woman who may face jail time for enrolling her son in kindergarten under a friend's address. Supporters say the woman's story is yet another dismaying example of inequality in the U.S. education system.
Tanya McDowell, a homeless single mother from Bridgeport, is charged with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny for signing up her 5-year-old son to attend nearby Norwalk schools under the address of a friend. (Her son went to the school for four months. Her friend has been evicted from public housing for letting McDowell use her address.) McDowell may face up to 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine if convicted.
Gwen Samuel, a Connecticut education activist, is organizing a press conference to try to get the charges dropped and raise awareness about parents who are criminally prosecuted, rather than dealt with individually by the school district, for using false addresses.
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04-26-11, 12:38 PM #2
Well, I'd be inclined to say that the rules are the rules, don't break them to get an advantage over someone who is being honest. BUT, are there rules for where a homeless person should be at as far as school assignments? Could this mother have just claimed to be living on the streets of the area of the school she wanted her child in? Is the child living on the streets? Also I'm curious about why the charge is larceny? She wasn't really stealing services, just getting different ones than she was supposed to. This definitely sounds like a very extraneous case of circumstances.CHIRP! CHIRP!
04-26-11, 03:09 PM #3
dumb dumb dumb...
so many things wrong, on so many levels - I don't even know where to start =/-=Twan007
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04-26-11, 04:05 PM #4
Yeah rules are rules, but I've never heard of someone being criminally charged for this. What a waste."If anything worthwhile comes of this tragedy, it should be the realization by every citizen that often the only thing that stands between them and losing everything they hold dear... is the man wearing a badge." -- Ronald Reagan, in the wake of the deaths of 4 CHP troopers in the Newhall Incident, 1970
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